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The Hearing Impaired Resource Base

The Hearing Impaired Resource Base at Llanishen High School in partnership with mainstream staff ensure that every Deaf or hearing impaired child is given equal access to the educational opportunities afforded to their hearing peers. There is also the same high expectation of success.


The overall aim of the Department is to ensure the successful transition from Primary to Secondary education and to continue to support the process to ensure H.I. pupils move smoothly and successfully through KS3 to KS4 and on to KS5. This is achieved through our Transition Programme, Transition from KS2 - KS3 is managed by Mrs L Postans. HIRB staff visit the Primary School to meet with pupils and Y6 pupils come to Llanishen High School for a series of lessons to build the confidence to achieve a successful transition.. Transition of pupils between KS3 - KS4 and KS4 - KS5 is supported by the specialist team and other agencies involved with pupils to ensure pupils and parents receive the necessary guidance enabling pupils to choose the appropriate learning pathway for them.

Our Team

To ensure that our students receive the highest levels of support and guidance in their studies, our staff include qualified Teachers of the Deaf and highly skilled Specialist Learning Assistants. Our team work incredibly hard to meet the needs of our students so that they gain the most from their studies and are able to express their individual skills and talents.

Teachers of the Deaf
Mrs. L Postans (Head of HIRB)
Mrs. E Williams
Miss. B Lewington

Specialist Learning Assistants
Mrs. P Govier
Mrs. M Facey
Mrs. C Murphy
Mr. D Burrows
Miss. B Hughes
Mrs. H Hill

Working Practice and Support

Deaf/Hearing Impaired pupils are placed in form groups in the same way as all other pupils in the school. They follow the mainstream curriculum; are supported in lessons and also timetabled for specialist teaching. The aim of specialist teaching is to support both the mainstream curriculum and to develop individual communication/language skills. Each pupil's language, ability and communication needs are taken into consideration when planning individual programs. We aim to develop communication in English, whether spoken written or signed. This is achieved by:-

  • Maximizing the use of residual hearing
  • Exposure to spoken English at normal rhythm, intonation and pace
  • Access to a rich language environment
  • British Sign Language can be developed as a first language through visual and manual processes in a natural signing environment. The use of BSL enables some students to access the mainstream curriculum.

We aim to provide the best possible acoustic environment for the development of listening skills

Extra-Curricular Activities and Clubs

Deaf/H.I. pupils are encouraged to take part in all aspects of the school community and in after school activities. The Department runs its own Lunchtime clubs. These include Media, Art and Games Clubs. In addition Homework club is available during any lunchtime at pupils’ request.



HIRB Links









Sixth Form Prospectus
Policy & Equality Documents